by Christine Lagat
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan
security personnel on Wednesday launched a manhunt against
cattle raiders responsible for fuelling inter-tribal skirmishes
in the northern counties of Baringo and West Pokot.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett said a major security
operation was in top gear to quell retaliatory attacks linked to
cattle rustling in the volatile region.
"The ongoing security operations in Baringo County have been
intensified with a view to arrest culprits and recover stolen
cattle," Boinett said in a statement.
Kenya’s northern counties saw violent skirmishes linked to
cattle rustling, competition for pasture and water escalate
early this year amid biting drought.
Nomadic communities in Baringo, Laikipia and West Pokot
counties have engaged in retaliatory attacks leading to loss of
lives and property.
Baringo County in particular has been a flash point as
bandits from rival communities steal cattle while killing
On March 12, suspected raiders from Illchamus community in
Baringo attacked villages inhabited by the Pokot tribe where
they stole 30 head of cattle and killed two people.
The killing triggered a spate of retaliatory attacks from
Pokot raiders on March 14, which led to deaths of ten people.
Boinett said patrols have been enhanced along the volatile
West Pokot-Baringo border to deter cattle rustling and attacks
"The police are under firm instructions to deal firmly with
any law breakers especially those staging renewed retaliatory
attacks," he said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta in his address to the National
Assembly on Wednesday vowed to restore security in the three
counties inhabited by farmers and herders.
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